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Digestive Cancer Screening

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At Digestive Care Center our goal is to keep all of our patients as healthy as possible. For many people that includes screening for GI and digestive cancers. Digestive cancers are duplicitous, most symptoms do not appear until the cancer has progressed significantly. While other cancers may present visible changes to the body or skin and can sometimes be felt under the skin, cancers of the digestive tract produce symptoms that can seem similar to indigestion, heartburn or gastrointestinal discomfort.

Your gastroenterologist may recommend digestive cancer screening if cancer runs in your family or you exhibit several risk factors for specific cancers. Since many cancers of the digestive tract demonstrate no symptoms until the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, preventative screening can help detect cancer early when it is most easily treated. The medical team at Digestive Care Center can help you assess your risk factors for digestive cancer and recommend when and which screenings may be best for you.

If symptoms of digestive cancer are already present, our physicians can employ a variety of advanced endoscopy and advanced imaging procedures to diagnose and stage digestive cancer. To diagnose digestive cancer, your gastroenterologist will typically conduct a minimally invasive procedure using a combination of flexible tubes and tiny cameras to examine the problematic area. During this procedure, your doctor may collect tissue biopsies of any unusual cells. If cancer is present, your physician will examine any tumors present, as well as surrounding areas. Digestive cancer is typically staged by the size of the cancer, the spread of the cancer, the number of tumors present and other findings from biopsied cells. Not all tumors in the digestive system are malignant cancer and biopsies can help to classify the cells of a tumor.

Advanced digestive screening, diagnosis and staging may be employed for symptoms indicative of the following conditions:

  • Cholangiocarcinoma (biliary tree cancer)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer (stomach cancer)
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Advanced diagnostic options available include but are not limited to:

Read more here about the symptoms and causes of some of the digestive cancers we treat at Digestive Care Center. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a digestive cancer screening, please contact our office online or by phone at 813.615.7028.